Joaquin Phoenix Opens Up About Brother River Phoenix’s Tragic Death: The Devastating Way the Media Impeded His Grieving Process

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Phoenix talked openly about River Phoenix’s death

It’s not a topic that he discusses much but, during an interview with Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes, Phoenix shared how much of an influence his brother River had on his personal and professional life.

Cooper shared: “River Phoenix comes back after shooting
some film and sits him down and is like, ‘You’re going to be a more successful
actor than I am, you’re going to be better known than I am.’”

Phoenix explained the moment when his teenage brother came home and told him to watch Martin Scorcese’s movie Raging Bull, starring Robert De Niro.

He shared: “And through my brother and his understanding and appreciation of that kind of acting, I think it just awakened something in me and I suddenly could see it through his eyes.”

During a Sept. 2019 interview

Joaquin Phoenix doesn’t often talk about the tragic death of his brother River Phoenix. The Oscar nominee opened up in a Jan. 12 interview, sharing how he was impacted after River died from a drug overdose in 1993 when he was just 23 years old.

Joaquin Phoenix | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicPhoenix talked openly about River Phoenix’s death

It’s not a topic that he discusses much but, during an interview with Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes, Phoenix shared how much of an influence his brother River had on his personal and professional life.

Cooper shared: “River Phoenix comes back after shooting
some film and sits him down and is like, ‘You’re going to be a more successful
actor than I am, you’re going to be better known than I am.’”

Phoenix explained the moment when his teenage brother came home and told him to watch Martin Scorcese’s movie Raging Bull, starring Robert De Niro.

He shared: “And through my brother and his understanding and appreciation of that kind of acting, I think it just awakened something in me and I suddenly could see it through his eyes.”

During a Sept. 2019 interview at the Toronto International Film Festival Phoenix explained how River “told” him to start acting again, noting at the time: “He didn’t ask me — he told me. And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life.”

During his 60 Minutes interview, Phoenix shared that though his brother is not physically in his life, his presence is felt. “I feel like in virtually every movie that I made, there was a connection to River in some way. And I think that we’ve all felt his presence and guidance in our lives in numerous ways,” he explained.

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“For some people acting is a sunset stroll on a beach, and for others it’s scaling a cliff or jumping out of a plane. In so much of my life, I take sunset strolls on the beach. When I act, I like the idea of jumping out of the plane.” – Joaquin Phoenix

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How the media impacted his ability to mourn River’s death

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